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Payne's Dock and Mahogany Shoals

$4.25/ft - $5.50/ft

Not Offered

Day Trip
133 Ocean Ave
New Shoreham, RI 02807
Check-in after 09:00 AM
Check-out before 11:00 AM
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30 Reviews

by cwkaiser on Sep 16, 2018

Easy access, alert and friendly staff, very nice facilities. Restaurants rental bikes and mopeds close nearby. Only gripes are that noise level can be a little loud from nearby bar and live entertainment and for $4 per foot per night, I would have expected the showers to be free. Otherwise, a great place.

by robertlem on Sep 15, 2018

More of a working marina, but bathrooms were pretty clean. Could be loud during the season as there is a bar with live music on the dock. Good location. No laundry, but fuel and showers.

by larlife on Sep 03, 2018

Nice folks at the Marina, but there seems to be no limit to the number of "slip" reservations they will take. Had to tie up to other boats and then more tied up to us!

by frankbosketti on Aug 14, 2018

Fun place. Nice people. Helpful service. Terrible bathroom situation for guests.

by jcollemer on Aug 12, 2018

Great place to stay for the week. Family had a blast!

by pdoyle on Aug 12, 2018

Thanks for a great time - already looking forward to next year!!!!

by bowles51 on Aug 06, 2018

Lots of activity. Fun place. Struggled with low voltage. Block Island/Payne’s should have a shuttle for visitors to/from town . Guess that would upset the taxi drivers. Ow well - Champlain’s has a shuttle.

by jsf1106 on Aug 05, 2018

Awesome as always . Never a bad time.

by michel1030 on Jul 19, 2018

Very popular spot with party atmosphere, thanks to onsite restaurant and bar. Walking distance to other restaurants/shops; town is 1¼ miles away. Was there for the shark tournament which was very crowded, but were told it’s that way all summer. Food was very good at Rebecca’s (onsite) and service was friendly. Raw bar available nightly, until clams and oysters run out (go before 6.) Bathrooms always open and clean, showers available 7am to 6pm with 25¢ meter for hot water. No wifi.

You pay slip prices but there are no “slips”—everyone is rafted up, though you may be first on the dock. Dockmaster Sanders Payne and staff expertly tie you up and board your ship (surprise!) to raft others to you. We were 2nd from dock and had access to water and 50 amp electric. Lots of friendly boaters around us, mostly it’s great fun if you don’t mind the rafting. Cab service and tours available—we took Mig’s Rig and loved it.

by aspencon on Jul 07, 2018

We were three boats for three nights rafted together at the T in the fuel dock.. the last afternoon two dick hands boarded our boats without asking in order to tie another boat to our raft .... when we asked about boarding without asking he told us “that’s the way we do it here”....he then referred us to the dock master who threatened to cast us off. He continued to yell at us.... the captain and crew of the other boat lit a cigarette and crossed our boats within the stern rather than crossing the swim platform. We cancelled dinner plans in town in order to keep an eye out as the anger from the dock master was palpable. Other than that we had a great time. Rebecca’s restaurant on the dock was totally wonderful

by rmuhlbauer on Jul 06, 2018

I really like Payne's and expected it to be crowed over the July 4th holiday, but was unprepared for just how crowded it was. Not that I minded the crowd - actually fun - but there was not enough connections to water on the dock, which was disappointing. Also found it strange that the showers cost 25 cents. Shouldn't that be part of what we are paying for? Otherwise, great venue, fun bar on the dock (Mahogany Shoals), and great breakfast sandwiches at Rebecca's.

by tjastro on Jul 03, 2018

Well, a pretty nice & fun stay. Great swordfish at the restaurant! Amazingly skilled dock hands on how they moved the boats. But the entire visit was tainted by the fact that the dock hands decided to tie up boats to our raft up without asking for permission. In my 50 year of boating I have never had someone just come on my boat and without permission tying up someone else to my boat. Would have been ok if they asked but to be rude and just say "I f-ing cut your line if you don't shut up" is not something I have ever encountered at a marina from any marina manager of dock hand. I was just appalled at the attitude. Was told "this is how we do it". I hope the attitude changes as the place is otherwise a fun and happening place. Clean bathrooms, good food, close walk into town, etc.. Power supply was also an issue, I guess because the place was loaded for the 4th of July weekend. We had power but some of our friends had trouble and to be fair, one should not charge for power that is not being supplied. Just saying... However, all of this would probably not scare me from going back. I would just stay away from a super busy weekend and pick another time to visit. I hope they understand the issues and do better as they deserve good reviews, generally speaking. And if the owner or dock master ever comes to Annapolis, I guarantee a nice visit with courteous treatment! Thank you and keep up on the sword fish. Best ever!

by maryjean on Jun 26, 2018

Enjoyed our stay. Dock help was great getting us tied up. Easy walk to town. Great weekend.

by daymom25 on Sep 05, 2017

We enjoyed staying at Paynes Dock ! We had lots of help waiting when we came in. We had our grandchild and they put us in a perfect spot so we could step right off onto the main dock. The bathrooms and shower where always clean . We enjoyed the entertainment and the food. There seemed to be something for everyone of all ages . We will be back soon and look forward to making Paynes our family vacation place.

by benholtz on Aug 29, 2017

We made a reservation on Dockwa (great service) and were expecting a nice visit. About 2 hours out started to try and call them to confirm and find out where to go. No one answered the phone. Made sure that I had the right number from their website and I did. Tried to call on VHF 9 and was told by another yard that they do not monitor any channels. Went to the dock and finally found someone to tell us where to dock. Docking was hard. We are a 34' sailboat that does not back up easily. After many attempts we finally made into a terrible slip. Going out was worse as there was no way to get out without hitting other boats. The people were ok when you could find them. The showers looked good, but require quarters to run. The food from the dockside cafe was good. We will never go back.

by gblackie on Aug 28, 2017

We have a new 72' Viking and, on arrival, were greeted by the the most arrogant dock staff we have ever encountered. Cussing with 4 letter words about our boating / docking protocols (wanted a dock line to bow pulpit and he did not think it necessary or a good protocol?). Moreover, he did not even bother to assist with lines, power, etc., which, in retrospect, was a good thing. And, as it turns out, the power is suspect as we could not get a reliable 2 x 50amp connection. It looks like they did not do the electric to code as there are no covers and extension cables are hanging under the docks. On top of that there was no wifi. So be very circumspect when deciding to use these people!!

by fgabarnes on Aug 28, 2017

The reservation through Dockwa led to a wonderful weekend at Payne's Dock. The staff were very very helpful with gas, docking and leaving. The bar was the only place on the island to have the big boxing match.

by tdalbora60 on Aug 08, 2017

This is a great place as long as you don't mind rafting. The staff is very experienced and respectful of the needs of the boaters at their facility. We had a race from Newport to Block Island - we had about 7 boats arrive mid-afternoon on Saturday and Paines had us tied up within an hour.

by asmits on Aug 08, 2017

Don't patronize this marina. They seem to cater to only mega-yachts. We made a reservation for two nights on Dockwa, they confirmed, and when we arrived, they said they had no room, and hung up the phone. When confronting the owner/manager in person (after taking a mooring), he denied not having room, and offered no apology. He couldn't have cared less. They don't use VHF, and when you call their phone, no one is in the office to answer it.

by mystryst on Aug 04, 2017

Excellent as always. The showers have been upgraded. Very nice

by fullcircle on Jul 31, 2017

This is the closest marina to town so the location is good. A pool would be nice on a hot summer day.

by joemariani on Jul 27, 2017

A phenomenal family run marina on the island. Both their customers and their employee's have been at Payne's for generations. Both the owners and dockstaff are welcoming and available to help boaters as they arrive. This is the only marina on the island we ever go to.

by lsraven on Jul 25, 2017

Payne's Dock is a family friendly, casual Marina. The staff is very friendly and always ready to assist if needed. We can't to go back!

by tmthomson on Jul 17, 2017

Friendly staff, good docks.

by perryg on Jul 14, 2017

Dock space is a premium. The dockmaster did a fine job of getting our stern quarter on the dock while the bow was into the fairway. Perfect location to get a rental car and explore the island!

by wacorliss1d on Jul 06, 2017

Having a reservation made no difference. Waited an hour in the harbor to get tied up but not to a slip was a raft it out six boats. They gave with reservations no advantage over people just pulling in they don't consider a reservation any asset to them I will never be making another reservation. And if I were you off my list of taking reservations for them or you'll have a lot of unhappy customer because I wasn't the only one that had reserved through you and what disappointed

by woodworker on Jul 06, 2017

We arrived in the pond, called to let them know we had arrived, they told us to stand by. So, we stood by floating for 3 hours while they took everyone that came after us! We feel that they kept us waiting because we called the dock master to inquire why boats that were arriving after us were taken before us. The other negative is that they do not monitor a radio channel. After awhile, they stopped answering our phone calls. We were finally rafted 6 boats out, so of coarse we had no access to electricity or water. We were facing another rafted six boats stern to, with generators a blazing (constant diesel exhaust). One of the stern to rafted boats near us, had constant blasting music, so loud as to upset many of the boaters surrounding them. This was our first, and last time here. The only upside to this place, was that it was a shorter walk to town. We advise others to try the other marinas first.

by ptcummings on Jun 13, 2017

Would be helpful if the dock staff had some way of identifying themselves (e.g. shirt, hat, etc.). Then you would know who was dock staff vs just some guy hanging around which is what they look like. Facilities are ok. Showers excellent. Service mediocre (at best) - kind of feel like you are bothering them just to pay for a bag of ice. Mahagony shoals bar is fun.

by z2k9avwpq3m3h4zjd6sk on Jun 13, 2017

Clean baths and showers with warm water. Good food. No private slips...they raft boats up as they come in. Be ready to walk over other boats to get to dock. Service is OK. Gasoline quality is no good, so have some stabilizer at hand. Great ambiance and location.

by portsmouthri on Apr 30, 2012

Juses H Christ!! IT'S "THERE" not "THEIR"!!

About Payne's Dock and Mahogany Shoals

Welcome to Payne's Dock in New Harbor. It is a friendly place with lots of families. Friends are easily made and goods times are the rule. We are famous for our snack bar and the Mahogany Shoals bar. Old Harbor restaurants, shops and services are just a short walk away.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not have finger piers, and most all boats will be tied up stern-to and may be rafted if needed.


  • Gas
  • Diesel
  • Water
  • Electrical


  • Floating Docks
  • Groceries
  • Ice
  • Pumpout
  • Restrooms
  • Restaurant
  • Ship Store
  • Showers



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